Books: Last Stand

THE NEZ PERCE INDIANS AND THE OPENING OF THE NORTHWEST by Alvin M. Josephy Jr. 705 pages. Yale University Press. $12.50.

Chief Joseph was splendid in defeat. When he came riding into the white man's camp that cold, snowy morning in 1877, there was a bullet scratch across his forehead, wounds on his wrist and back, and bullet holes in his shirt and leggings. Handing his rifle to Colonel Nelson Miles, he spoke: "I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed. The old men are all dead. He who led the young men is dead. It is cold, and...

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